*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                        Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:45
 Categories    : Microwave                        Soups & Stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/2  cup           dried mushrooms, such as porcini
    4      cups          chicken or beef stock
    1 1/2  cups          fresh mushrooms -- sliced
      1/2  large         onion -- chopped
      1/3  cup           wild rice -- rinsed
                         salt and freshly ground pepper -- to taste
                         sour cream
                         chopped parsley, for garnish -- (optional)
 
 1. Cover dried mushrooms with hot tap water and soak for about 15 minutes
 while preparing other ingredients.
 
 2. In a large saucepan combine stock, sliced fresh mushrooms, onion, and
 wild rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered.
 
 3. Meanwhile, remove dried mushrooms from soaking liquid, reserving liquid.
 Add mushrooms to soup. Strain soaking liquid through cheesecloth and add to
 saucepan. Continue cooking until wild rice is tender, 35 to 45 minutes
 total cooking time. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
 
 
 4. Ladle soup into individual bowls. Add a spoonful of sour cream to each
 and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
 
 Microwave Version:
 
 1. Complete step 1 as directed above.
 
 2. In a 2-quart casserole combine stock, sliced fresh mushrooms, onion, and
 wild rice. Cover. Microwave on 100% power until broth boils, 5 to 6 minutes.
 
 3. Simmer on 30% power 35 to 45 minutes. Continue with steps 3 and 4.
 
 * Timesaver Tip: Recipe can be made up to 1 day in advance and reheated.
 
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 NOTES : This earthy soup uses both fresh and dried mushrooms. Serve it as
 the first course of a hearty winter meal.